The American Legion Ronald Reagan-Palisades Post 283 and The Veterans National Entertainment Workshop is hosting a free online concert, “Salute to First Responders,” in observance of Patriot Day 2020 and to honor the heroes on the front lines of the pandemic.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 11. It can be accessed at www.alpost283.com or www.vnew.org. The concert links will also be posted on: facebook.com/PacificPalisadesPost283 and facebook.com/VeteransNationalEntertainmentWorkshop.
This event will feature U.S. Military Veterans and Active Duty Personnel, First Responders and Essential Workers performing original and popular songs.
The concert will also spotlight The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Band, The National Virtual Medical Orchestra, composer Jimmy Dunne (a Pacific Palisades resident) and singer/composer Annie Bosko.
The program will be hosted by comedian BJ Lange (U.S.A.F. Medic/Retired) and will feature Special Salutes from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; California Secretary of State Alex Padilla; LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis (First District); Rudy Ortega, Jr., Tribal President and Mark Villaseñor, Tribal Vice President of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians; actor/impressionist Rich Little and actress Loretta Swit (“M*A*S*H”).
Patriot Day is a national observance that honors the memory of those who were killed in the September 11 attacks. It was first observed in 2002, after the proclamation by President George W. Bush. The American flag is flown at half-mast on all U.S. Government buildings and individuals are encouraged to fly flags at their homes.
A moment of silence is traditionally observed at 8:46 a.m. to honor the 2,977 people who were killed in New York City, Washington and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. More than 6,000 were injured when terrorists flew two planes into the World Trade Center and one into the Pentagon.